Pakistan news March 3, 2010

Waqar Younis signs as Pakistan coach


Waqar Younis has signed on as the new coach of the Pakistan side, in the process becoming the fourth coach of the team in three years. The former fast bowler has been in negotiations with the PCB over the last few days, but confirmed that he will now replace Intikhab Alam on a tenure that sees him through to December 2011.

Waqar, who is based in Sydney currently, will arrive in Lahore next week to begin work, the first assignment of which will be to prepare Pakistan's defense of the World Twenty20 crown in the Caribbean in April-May. "I've signed on and agreed to the contract," Waqar told Cricinfo. "I'll be arriving in Lahore from next week to begin work."

Though the PCB had talked of - and approached - at least one foreign option to replace Intikhab in the aftermath of the tour to Australia, Waqar emerged as a favourite to take over last week. He was sent a contract over the weekend and though there initially were a few sticking points, it is believed the chinks have been ironed out.

"I'm absolutely honoured to take on the role and it is a very exciting challenge," Waqar said. "Hopefully I can deliver on the role. Cricket has given me a lot over the years and I want to give something back to cricket and country now. I've always played my cricket with passion and aggression and I want the team to play like that."

This will be Waqar's first official role as head coach at any competitive level, though he has worked with Pakistan twice previously as a bowling coach. The first was a stint under Bob Woolmer between March 2006 and January 2007, a successful stretch during which a number of bowlers prospered. The second time was on the recent Australian tour, where he was one of three coaches in a set-up headed by Intikhab and that appointment was for the series only.

But Waqar believes his relative lack of experience in an expansive role will not be a hindrance, hinting that he would relish the broader sweep such a post would afford him. "I'll probably have more control of various situations and have a say in more decisions. I really enjoyed my time as bowling coach, especially the first one under Bob.

"The last one was a little more difficult but I'm confident I can deliver. I learnt a lot from Bob during his time and I'm hoping I can put that to good use."

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • Huzaifah on March 10, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    Its a good appointment firstly since Waqar is relatively a YOUNGER coach than what Pakistan has had in the last few years. Secondly, having been with the team as recently as the last tour to Australia he knows exactly whats wrong with the team and why it does not seem to want to win anymore. He was the legendary bowler of his time and a successful captain. The only thing that troubles me is the apparent wisdom the board has employed in taking this decision because it seems all too sudden, and what I fear is the fact that an early exit from the World T20 in April might see him axed as well by the CONFUSED and INCOMPETENT cricket board. Lets hope thats not the case ......

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Inshallah Waqar Younis will make us proud once again as a coach . Make the team play with passion and aggression like you use to play . So good luck as coach all my prayers with you

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    Pakistan dont need a gud coach they need a better cricket team...I have lost my fate on pakistan cricket team

  • Wisam on March 5, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    It must be understood, that a coach's job is to motivate the players, nor to run around the field. Moreover, he is only responsible for enhancing the skills of players and he cannot turn them around overnight. Waqar would definitely enhance Pakistan's bowling department but believe me nobody can turn Pakistan's batting straight. The idea is that players with faulty techniques should be sent to the NCA to redeem themselves. Players like Khalid Latif (not moving his legs early in the innings), Imran Farhat (too much erratic), Shoaib Malik (hitting across the bat), Salman Butt (lack of shots all around the ground) should be sent to work under batting coaches back at the NCA. This is what happens in other countries. This is not the job of the coach of the national team; it comes under the duty of the NCA coaches. Also, selectors should be careful in picking up players. They pick up players who are effective, not people with good techniques and teams are able to exploit them later on.

  • gudu on March 5, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    We needed a bating coach and WY was not a batsman he was a bowler. I don't think he will be a good coach. He tried his best to get a bowling coach's job in Australia but he was not even offered a job to coach NSW (State team). And here he is Coach of Pakistan team. It is not a good decesion. He himself had issues with WASIM AKRAM, how would he resolve the issues between the players. Rashid Latif or Shoab Muhammad could have been better options.

  • ish on March 4, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Give the guy a break, yes he's made a mistake of possibly being caught up in some of the biggest scandals of match fixing, yes he has made comments in the past he has taken a u turn on, yes we have an incompetent chairman, yes we have a patron who was known as Mr 10% but has changed his name by default to 99%, yes we have probelms in our batting and WY is only a bowling coach, yes we have unrest in the dressing room which started with Waqar and Wasim, but look at the bright side we have more interesting reading to come.....Just imagine at least in future we can overlook our lack of talent and argue that the match has been fixed isnt that great!! At least we wont be as emabrassed. LOL

  • Hassan on March 4, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    shariff01: "A drunk, womaniser, know gambler". You are mistaken Mr. Shariff. Imran Khan is not the new coach Waqar is.

  • Umer on March 4, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Waqar Younis may be one of the best bowlers in the world but he lacks the basic abilities that a coach requires. He failed as a captain in 2003. I dont understand the logic behinf his selection. But then again this is not the worst thing. Mohsin Khan being selected as Chief selector shows how twisted PCB is by petty politics.

  • Muddassar on March 4, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Good and Inshallah Effective changes in Pakistan Cricket ...... and Its very good decision for appointing a local coach as he can best interact and understand the problems with team ..

    Good Luck Pakistan ......

  • imran on March 4, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Yeah there are changes needed in this department. Waqar Younis is the guy every pakistani is big fan of him. He seems physically fit and have experinced in coaching so i think it would've be a positve change and hope for pakistan.

    Only my concern is that i 've heard in his commentary hinting negative things about karachi...or few of the people i know have the same view. Well i hope it was not intentional .. and hope he's not racist.... or karachi boys future will be in trouble.

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